Transatlantic Trends: Immigration, 2008 (ICPSR 26502)

Published: Aug 16, 2011

Principal Investigator(s):
Tanja Wunderlich, German Marshall Fund of the United States; Astrid Ziebarth, German Marshall Fund of the United States; Delancey Gustin, German Marshall Fund of the United States; Pierangelo Isernia, University of Siena; Claudia Diehl, University of Goettingen; Susan Martin, Georgetown University


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Transatlantic Trends: Immigration, 2008 examined attitudes and policy preferences related to immigration in Europe, Canada, and the United States. For its inaugural year, the survey concentrated on issues such as: illegal versus legal immigration, admission criteria preferences, enforcement tactics, international cooperation on immigration policies, immigration and security, national identity, assimilation versus multiculturalism, and the compatibility of Islam and Western society. Several questions were also asked pertaining to voting and politics including whether respondents discussed political matters with friends, and whether they attempted to persuade others close to them to share their views on politics which they held strong opinions about, vote intention, assessment of the current United States presidential candidates, political party attachment, and left-right political self-placement. Demographic and other background information includes age, gender, ethnicity, citizenship, origin of birth (personal and parental), marital status, religious affiliation, age when finished full-time education and stage at which full-time education completed, occupation, type of locality, and region of residence.

Wunderlich, Tanja, Ziebarth, Astrid, Gustin, Delancey, Isernia, Pierangelo, Diehl, Claudia, and Martin, Susan. Transatlantic Trends: Immigration, 2008. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2011-08-16.

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German Marshall Fund of the United States

Bradley Foundation

Compagnia di San Paolo (Italy)

Barrow Cadbury Trust (United Kingdom)


2008-08-29 -- 2008-09-28

2008-08-29 -- 2008-09-28

The codebook and setup files for this collection contain characters with diacritical marks used in many European languages.

The original data collection was carried out by TNS, Fait et Opinion on request of the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

For data collection, the computer-assisted personal interview was used in Poland, and the computer-assisted telephone interview was used in all other countries.

The fieldwork dates in the data file for Poland and the United States are not consistent with the fieldwork dates in "Depositor Technical Note" section of the ICPSR codebook.

The number of interviews for Great Britain is 1,000 and the total number of interviews is 7,002. The table in the "Depositor Technical Note" section of the ICPSR codebook shows the number of interviews for Great Britain as 1,001 and the total number of interviews as 7,003.

A split ballot was used for one or more questions in this survey. The variable SPLIT1 defines the separate groups.

Additional information on the Transatlantic Trends Survey is provided on the Transatlantic Trends Web site.

(1) Multistage random sampling was implemented in the country using face-to-face interviewing. Sampling points were selected according to region, and then random routes were conducted within these sampling points. Four callbacks were used for each address. The birthday rule was used to randomly select respondents within a household. (2) Random-digit dialing was implemented in the countries using telephone interviewing. Eight callbacks were used for each telephone number. The birthday rule was used to randomly select respondents within a household.

The adult population aged 18 years and over in 7 countries: France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, and the United States.


survey data

The total response rate for all countries surveyed is 21 percent. Please refer to the "Depositor Technical Note" in the ICPSR codebook for additional information about response rate.



2011-08-16 ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

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